Tank Birthday Cake Tutorial

by GettingFreedom on January 28, 2010

For my oldest’s 7th birthday he wanted to go with an Army theme and have a tank birthday cake. I must admit, at first I wasn’t quite sure what I was going to do to pull it all off. However, in the end, it turned out just perfect and was fairly easy to do.
For this cake you will need:
  • 2 cake mixes; your flavor preference
  • 9×13 pan
  • Oven proof circle pan; I used a metal bowl.
  • Icing; I use a basic Buttercream icing recipe
  • Green Food Paste
  • Peanut Butter
  • Cocoa
  • Black Licorice
  • Chocolate and Vanilla Oreos
  • Coffee Wafer Sticks
  • Army Men
Prepare the cake mixes as directed on the package. Bake one in a 9×13 pan and the other one in a circle, oven proof dish. I had cake mix left over, so I made some cupcakes that I later used as hills on my cake board.
While the cakes are baking you can go ahead and mix up your icing. I separated mine into 3 different bowls so I could color them. I used the green paste to achieve the dark green color, cocoa to make brown chocolate flavored icing, and peanut butter to achieve the tan color.
After the cakes cooled, I assembled them and began decorating them. All I did was eyeball the cake, and I would spread a blob of icing on in a random shape. Once the whole cake was finished, which didn’t take much time at all, I added the “wheels” using oreos and black licorice.
On top of the cake, I separated a chocolate wafer from the cookie, and placed it on top for the lid to the man hole. I even added an army man coming up out of the cake. For the gun in the front of the tank, I used a Chocolate Coffee Wafer stick. The really neat thing about using this is they are hollow. When we lit the cake, my husband stuck a candle into the gun. The boys got a huge kick out of it!
To cover the cake board and make it look a little more like a desert, I crushed up vanilla and chocolate wafers and spread them around. I also added my cupcake hills, covered in boulders of Raisinettes.

Nicholas is now 9, and his friends still remember this birthday party fondly. To go with the Army theme, we did a “Boot Camp” sleepover party. We had different drills for the boys to do, complete with code names and goodie bags almost completely supplied by the Army Recruiting office. I told them what I was planning on doing and asked if they had some stickers or something they were willing to donate. I walked out with water bottles, stickers, pins, pencils, and some other things. When the boys were leaving to go home, I printed them off Certificates of Completion for surviving Boot Camp.
For some more cake inspiration, be sure to check out the Birthday Cake Roundup.
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